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September 2018

Hello Everyone
I am writing to thank you all for making the visit from Bamberg such a great success - it is always a relief when things go according to plan. This extends from finding hosts for 20 visitors many of whom were new to Bedford and even England - thanks to the non-members who helped here and I hope you will accept complimentary membership for the rest of this year with a view to rejoining next year. There were around 60 at both the Welcome Party and Farewell Dinner, at the latter wonderfully entertained by Clifford and his Four in a Bar quartet.
These events can only work with your support and hard work. I am also grateful to Murray for arranging the excellent Eagle Brewery tour [surely a regular fixture from hereon], Graham for the visit to the Mayor's Parlour and Robin for the Sikh temple visit. Thanks to those who joined us on the coach trips to Althorp and Wimpole Hall, also those who came to a busy London to help manage the group [we lost only one of them!].
The gift given to me by the hosts was much appreciated, but I arrange all of this because I believe in the Twinning and seeing people across the two towns having such a good time is sufficient reward in itself. We have events scheduled for the rest of this year, a talk by Robin on Friday 2 November on the German language and our St. Nikolaus party evening on Saturday 1 December. However the next big event will be on the evening of Friday 5 April "The Importance of Twinning Post-Brexit", which Oberbürgermeister Andreas Starke has agreed to attend, also John Hobley from the British German Association and possibly a representative from the German Embassy, so we hope you will give that your full support.
It will be our turn to visit Bamberg next year and I have already discussed options with Ursula for places to visit. Nothing is definite yet but trips to the historic Ansbach and the nearby tourist hot-spot Rothenberg-ob der Tauber on one day, a coach tour through the beautiful Swiss Franconia to the famous beer-producing town of Kulmbach on another and then a day in Nuremberg by train. There will also be plenty of time for our UNESCO World-heritage partner town, not least the usual invitation to the famous Altes Rathaus for a welcome reception.
Flights are not available to book yet, but I hope to get a week from Monday 2 or Tuesday 3 September, possibly going with Easyjet to Munich if the times are more sociable. This makes for a longer journey over there but is probably worth it, and we can always find a place to visit on the return journey if time allows. Once booked, I will update you so please keep that week free if you wish to join us. If it will be your first visit, then Ursula will look to allocate hosts - I assure you, you will have a great time . I know some plan to drive for a longer holiday which is fine.
I look forward to seeing you all at our forthcoming events. Best wishes.











































JUNE 26TH 2018

Hello all,

you may remember that a  concert was mentioned at the AGM - we can now confirm that this will take place on Thursday July 5th at 7.30pm.  There will be musicians and singers from Wootton Upper School and the ETA Hoffmann Gymnasium from Bamberg.  The venue is Kimberley Sixth Form College which is part of Wootton Upper school, in Green Lane, Stewartby.  
Attendance is free of charge and there are parking spaces on the college complex.  Previous concerts have been of a very high standard and an enjoyable evening of varied music is guaranteed.

Best wishes, Rosemary

MAY 28TH 2018

Hello everyone,

You are warmly invited to our Stammtisch on Saturday June 9th – meeting at 6.30pm at The Pilgrim’s pub in Bedford.  There will be plenty of space for us to find a table and order meals as we wish.  Parking is available free after 6pm in Greyfriars opposite the Bus Station.  Do please come along for a social get-together.

Our next event will be the Summer Supper on Saturday July 21st from 5pm at Edward & Jo’s house.  This is always a popular event; the charge for supper and drinks is just £10.  However the Committee need to know if you are coming so please as usual contact Margarete by July 9th latest [01234 764295].

Plans are progressing with the programme for the Bamberg visitors; they arrive on September 4th.  The Farewell Dinner – to which everyone is invited – takes place on Sunday September 9th at Vesuvios.  Edward will provide more details – including day trips – at the Summer Supper.

Finally a reminder to look at our website  We try to keep this updated – if you know of anyone who might be interested in the BBA please direct them to it!

Best wishes, Rosemary

MARCH 1ST 2018

Hello everyone,

This should be a Spring Newsletter – the first of 2018!

A reminder that our AGM will take place on Friday March 23rd at 7.30pm in the Wren Room, St. Mark’s Church, Brickhill. 
On that evening subscriptions of £10 each are due.  Refreshments – tea, coffee and homemake cakes will be provided at the end of the meeting.
Click here to see minutes of the AGM 2017.

We are holding our Annual Dinner on Saturday April 28th from 6pm at Vesuvio restaurant, Sharnbrook Hotel. 
I am attaching the Party Menu for you to choose from, 3 courses including tea/coffee for £22.50. Click here to view menu.
Please let Margarete know BY APRIL 6th latest  WITH YOUR MENU CHOICES – ALSO IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND.  This means that we will know who to chase nearer the time!  Payment will be on the night.

I recently received a lovely thank-you note from June Paull explaining how they became involved with the BBA; copies of this will be available for you to read at the AGM.

Best wishes


NOVEMBER 16th 2017

As you know we have our St. Nikolaus evening on Friday December 1st in St. Mark’s Church Hall, starting at 7pm.

The price this year is just £10 per person which includes a welcome drink of Glühwein, hot supper with German-style food and desserts,  and a choice of drinks.

Money is payable on the evening please.  It is a very sociable evening to start the festive season.

Please could you let Margarete know if you would like to come by no later than Monday 27th November please, to assist the Committee with catering.

Her telephone number: 01234 764295



Hello everyone,

Our next meeting is on Friday November 3rd at 7.30pm. to see poster of the Magic Lantern click here

Please note however that the venue is St. Mark's Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill.

We would like to know how many people to expect so could you please inform Margarete Nichols by email or telephone:  [01234 764295].

I hope to see you there!

JULY 4TH 2017

Hello everyone,

As you know our Summer Supper is to be held on Saturday July 22 nd starting at 5pm, at Edward & Jo’s house
[The Walled Garden, Church Lane, Pavenham, MK43 7PU].

A hot supper with salads, delicious desserts and drink will be provided and hopefully we will be able to sit outside in good weather.

The cost is as before just £10, payable on the night.
Please do support this event as it helps us to raise money to fund twinning activities.

In order to help the Committee with the catering could you please let Margarete Nichols know by JULY 15 th if you would like to come: 01234 764295

I look forward to seeing you there,

Best wishes

Message from Edward:

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday at the Summer Supper if you are able to attend. Please remember that the road between Oakley and Pavenham is closed so you will need to travel via Milton Ernest or Stevington. We can take around 8 cars so if some of you are able to travel together, that would be useful. If you have to park on the road, please park on the other side next to the churchyard.

Those travelling to Bamberg can if they wish bring cheques on Saturday - per person £100 if flying or £70 if making your own way there. These are to be payable to myself as usual I will be meeting all costs personally rather than go through the BBA. This also enables me to buy the Euros at a competitive rate rather take the poor rate from the BBA bank. Alternatively a transfer can be made directly into my HSBC account from August - code 40-10-02 a/c no. 52799960 under advice to me by email.
I am still trying to complete the itinerary with Ursula but it is going to be rather full so here are some brief details before I provide a complete breakdown with timings. It is likely that travel to and from Stansted will be by 2 minibus taxis starting at Pavenham [one could leave from Bedford if that would be helpful]

Wednesday - optional morning walking tour of Bamberg followed by a brewery tour at Klosterbräu and lunch there  [payable separately] before visiting the Brewery Museum at Michaelsberg
Thursday - a coach trip to the  Franconia Wine region visiting Schweinfurt [walking tour], Bad Kissingen and finishing at the oldest wine town of Hammelburg with a guided tour followed by a wine tasting for those interested in buying some bottles.
Friday - a Welcome Reception by the Council at 5 pm followed by the Official Dinner
Saturday - evening party in the village of Guisfeld 
Sunday - morning walking tour of Bamberg in the War with the Deutsche Englische Club, evening performance of "Jekyll and Hyde" at the ETA Hoffmann Theatre
Monday - travel to Würzburg by train for a guided tour and visit to the Residenz

Full details of hosts will be provided over the next week or so, particularly for those visiting Bamberg for the first time.
Please let me know if you have any queries.

Regards. Edward

MARCH 2017

Hello everyone,

Firstly an invitation to attend our A.G.M. on Friday March 31st at St. Mark’s Church – in The Wren Room, starting at 7.30pm. 
This is an important meeting, not least because subscriptions will be due for the year to come.  The Meeting proposes to increase membership to £10 per person; there has been no increase for very many years now.  As always tea/coffee and homemade cakes will be served after our meeting.

Friday May 12th is the date for our Annual Dinner at Pavenham Golf Club. On the previous day a delegation from Bamberg will be arriving to celebrate our 40th Twinning Anniversary and plans are being finalised. Once again the price is held at £20 per person which represents excellent value.  Could you please bring the cash to the A.G.M. or make a transfer to NatWest Bank, Sort Code: 60-02-13, Account Number 51673878.  It will not be convenient to collect money on the evening.

Click here for a copy of the menu.
Margarete will be collecting menu choices please: or 01234 764295. [please note that Margarete is away currently for 2 weeks but please send emails or leave a phone message].

Best wishes,


Hello Members

A Happy New Year to you all. 

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Bedford Bamberg Town Twinning so we are hoping that it is properly celebrated. Graham and I were at a meeting with the Mayor earlier this week and while unsurprisingly there is no money available, a small delegation may come over from Friday 12 May for the weekend. Sadly the annual Springfest is not going to happen but we hope a programme can be put together, possibly with a road or more to be named relating to Bamberg. Our Annual Dinner has also been scheduled for the Friday evening, again at Pavenham Park Golf Club with the cost held at £20 which represents excellent value. Please await further detail.

Bamberg are also planning to celebrate the 40th anniversary during our visit from 5 to 12 September, probably during the weekend with full details yet to be provided, but we believe there will be an official dinner together with the Deutsche Englische Club also celebrating their 40th. Indeed the UK ambassador in Berlin hopes to attend, but if not able to, he will ensure a senior diplomat takes his place. I attach a poster with provisional details [if anyone has the computer skills to improve this, please feel free to do so as we will be trying to attract a few new members to join our group].CLICK HERE TO VIEW

This will be a special celebratory visit, so anyone not wishing or able to be hosted, we could on this occasion look to arrange hotel accommodation at an extra cost. I understand some of you may make your own way by car to Bamberg - that is fine but can you please now confirm this is your intention and if you have host accommodation arranged. Those intending to fly, can you please book your flights asap. If you are not planning to travel this time, can you also let me know if you have not already done so. Some have commented on the unsocial flight times - these are unfortunate but it would cost considerably more to use other flights, but again, if you wish to make your own way to Bamberg, that would be entirely acceptable. I need to update Ursula so can you please inform me as to your intentions without delay.

Our next event will be the AGM on Friday 31 March from 19.30 at St Marks Brickhill so please do try to attend. Furthermore Great Barford have invited us to their Cheese and Wine evening on Saturday 28 January from 8 pm at their Village Hall. It was a good evening last year but unfortunately Jo and I will be away. If you would like to attend, please let me know by next Wednesday so I can advise Great Barford.

Best wishes.




Hello everyone,

Christmas is fast approaching and our thoughts turn to St. Nikolaus again. We are celebrating on Friday December 2nd, starting at 7pm [please note earlier time] in St. Mark’s Church Hall, Calder Rise, Bedford.  There will be a welcome glass of Glühwein, and a hot German-style supper, delicious home-made desserts and a choice of drinks.  After the supper, at 8.45pm there will be concert of Christmas music performed by Spirits of Ayre [Rosemary Bootiman and her singers].  As the evening includes the concert,  tickets will be £15. 
Could you please let Margarete Nichols know – at the latest by Friday November 25th – if you would like to come.  Her email:    Or telephone: 01234 764295.
Looking forward to seeing you there to start the festive season.

Best wishes



August 2016

It is now less than a month before the group of 21 arrive from Bamberg and so I attach a revised itinerary which hopefully will be clear, but please let me know if you have any queries.


In case of a flight delay on the arrival evening, I will set up a way of letting people know on a round-robin basis but of course you can also check the Stansted website.

The Welcome Party will be on a bring and share basis and Margarete is to collate if you plan to bring savouries, sweets or both, so we have a reasonable balance. Normally there is too much but better than too little. Please let her know your intentions. The Walled Garden can accommodate around 9 cars, after which the gates will be closed, so if you arrive after that, there is a turning place at the top of the hill and come back down to park alongside the churchyard across the road. There is also parking in the Bury at the top. For those travelling in ones or twos, perhaps you can car share if possible - let me know and I will try to assist.

There are still a few seats left for the two coach trips, so please let me know if you would like to join one or the other. For those booked and yet to pay me, can you please do so asap as I have to pay for the coaches and Hatfield next week.

If anyone is very keen to join the trip by train to London, you will be welcome although I can only accommodate a few extra otherwise the group would simply be too unwieldy to get around the busy streets.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Farewell Dinner at Cranfield. As normal, it is complimentary to guests and hosts, but for other members, the charge is still a very reasonable £15 payable on the evening. Please contact Margarete if you wish to reserve a place, ideally by the end of August, so we can be sure of total numbers attending.

Well, if everything runs as planned, it should be an enjoyable week for guests and hosts alike, also members taking part in any of the events. I am looking forward to seeing you all.




July 2016

Hello everyone,

This newsletter is to invite you to our Summer Supper on Saturday July 23rd, from 5pm at Edward & Jo’s house, The Walled Garden, Church Lane, Pavenham. 
The cost is just £10 per person, payable on the night, to include supper with desserts, drinks and entertainment in the form of games/quizzes. 
We need to know if you would like to be there by Saturday June 16th please; please telephone Margarete on 01234 764295 or notify her by email:
As you know we then welcome our visitors from Bamberg on September 6th; they are staying a complete week this time.  Edward will outline the programme in more detail at the Summer supper; but all members are most welcome to participate in the events and day trips.
I look forward to seeing you on July 23rd.

Best wishes,


May 2016

Firstly a reminder about our Spring walk; we meet on Saturday 21st May in Mowsbury Park Golf Club Car Park at 11am.  
The walk will be led by Alfons and afterwards we will go to Mowsbury Park café for refreshments.

Our Stammtisch is taking place as usual at Cranfield University Social Club on Saturday June 11th.  We meet from 6pm for dinner to be served at 6.30pm; many of you know we have 3 substantial courses, wine, tea/coffee and mints for £15, which is payable on the night IN CASH please.  We would just ask that you let Margarete know if you can come, by June 3rd please.  Telephone: 01234 764295
Please make a diary note that our Summer Supper is on Saturday July 23rd at Edward’s house – details to follow in due course.
Best wishes



January 2016

Dear Members

A Happy New Year to all of you.

It is incredible to think that one month has passed since our St Nikolaus evening, which again was a great success and our thanks goes to the committee plus others for the hard work put into this event.

We are now planning events for the forthcoming year starting with the AGM on Friday 18 March 7.30 pm at St Marks in Brickhill - please attend as this gives you an opportunity to have your say. As usual it will end with coffee or tea plus cakes.

I have agreed a date of Saturday 23 April with Pavenham Park Golf Club for our Annual Dinner. The menu is attached with this email. They have kept the price unchanged and those who have attended in the past will acknowledge this represents excellent value for a quality meal in such a lovely venue. There is one understandable caveat - they need to have at least 20 attending to make the event viable in terms of bringing in their catering and serving staff. Last year we just made it to 20. I have agreed to confirm definitely by the end of the month. Members are welcome to invite family or friends.

Therefore I would ask that you advise Margarete [01234-764295 or] of your menu choices if you are attending, no need to make any payment at this stage. So we can gauge demand for future similar events, I would ask all members not intending to attend to respond advising if this is simply due to other commitments or you are not interested in such events. As far as I am aware, the Annual Dinner has been a longstanding fixture and it would be a shame if it ceased to be held owing to lack of demand. The same situation applies to our Stammtisch held in June as the venue [normally Cranfield University Social Club] will need sufficient attendees to make it viable. These events require effort to organize to ensure they are a success and there is no financial benefit to the BBA, so it will be up to the members entirely if they are to continue.

Finally just a reminder that our friends from Bamberg will be arriving on the evening of Tuesday 6 September and an itinerary is being arranged with Ursula. They will depart on the morning of Tuesday 13 September so please keep this week free if you are able to host or wish to take part in any events or excursions.




20th November 2015 

Hello everyone,

The date for our St. Nikolaus party is fast approaching – Friday December 4th at 7.30pm, St. Mark’s Church Brickhill.

As last year there will be a glass of Glühwein when you arrive, a hot German-style supper and delicious desserts.

We have invited the teaching assistants from Bamberg to join us for the evening. There will also be quizzes on each table.

As before tickets are just £10 payable on the night, but IT IS ESSENTIAL that you contact Margarete to confirm you are coming.

Her telephone number is: 01234 764295; email:].

Please do this BY MONDAY NOVEMBER 30th so that the Committee can cater for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes



6th October 2015 

Hello everyone,

You will know that on Friday October 16th at 7.30pm we are meeting the Great Barford Twinning group to learn about their partnership with Wöllstein and Edward will be giving a presentation on Bamberg. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to socialise and to sample the wines from the Wöllstein area. We meet at the Great Barford Bowls club, postcode: MK44 3BG.

Coming from Bedford/A421 at the crossroads in Great Barford turn right, along this road until The Anchor Inn, turn left and first left into Woodpecker Close.

As we would like to start promptly at 7.30 please arrive 10 minutes before. There is no charge for the evening and we will host a similar event next year in Bedford. Edward has asked those who recently visited Bamberg to send him any good photos which could be included in his presentation.

Our remaining events for 2015 are:

a talk on Friday November 6th in the Wren Room at St.Mark’s, 7.30pm [£3 charge to include tea/coffee and biscuits] and
Friday December 4th – St. Nikolaus evening; more details will follow in due course.

Best wishes



2 July 2015

Firstly details of our Summer Supper on Saturday July 25th from 5pm at Mary & John Bromley’s house. John & Mary have hosted this event for us for many years and Mary’s selection of delicious desserts has become legendary!
Their address is: Lynton House, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6ER. There is no parking available at the house itself; please park at the bottom of Green Lane in the Church carpark and walk up. Mary has said there will be space for a few cars at a neighbour’s 2 doors further up; please telephone Mary to reserve a space there. [01234 326283].
As always there will be a barbecue, jacket potatoes and salads; wine, beer or soft drinks included. Mary also organises some challenging games or quizzes for us. The cost is just £10, payable on the day.

Please contact Margarete Nichols if you would like to come to help us to cater.
[01234 764295.]

Plans are progressing for our trip to Bamberg [8th – 14th September]. If any one would like to join us there is a host in Bamberg available who would love to have one or two people to stay. Please contact Edward for more details:
01234 823205.

Some more dates for your diaries: Alfons will lead a walk called ‘the Wild Side’ leaving from Mowsbury Golf Club carpark, on Friday August 28th at 10.30am. It takes about 40 minutes to the area where Mowsbury Hillfort was. Afterwards we would have a drink/snack at the Golf Club.

Friday October 16th: an evening with Great Barford Twinning Group to learn about their partnership with Wöllstein, at Great Barford Bowls Club, 7.30pm.

Friday November 6th: a talk at St. Mark’s Wren Room ‘Hearing Dogs for the Deaf’. 7.30pm.

17th November 2014                                                  
Hello everyone,
It seems a long time since our visitors from Bamberg were here with us but the Committee would like to thank everyone for their food contributions at the Welcome Party.  The evening was a great success.
Our next event is the St. Nikolaus party , Friday December 5th at St. Mark’s Church Hall, 7.30pm.  Starting with a welcoming Glühwein we will have a hot buffet – German sausages, potatoes, red cabbage and sauerkraut.  There will be German Christmas cake and sweet treats to follow.  As before tickets are just £10.  It is ESSENTIAL please that you contact Margarete to let her know if you would like to come [01234 764295,] The Committee can then plan accordingly.
We understand that a Church Service is being held on Thursday December 18th at Kempston Rovers Football Ground at 7pm until 8pm.  The Carol Service marks the time when ‘The Guns Fell Silent’ in the First World War and the troops played football with each other.  It is being organised by St. John’s and St. Leonard’s churches.  Everyone is welcome – we hope to have more information by December 5th.

21st September 2014

Hello everyone,
Following a very successful time with our guests from Bamberg – this time last week they were still enjoying time with us – Edward is now making plans for our visit to Bamberg next September.  Details are in the attached letter.  It is essential to book early to obtain the best flight prices.
Also I would like to remind you that we have a talk on Friday October 24th at St. Mark’s Church Hall, 7.30pm.  This will be in the Biffa room and a nominal charge of £3 is made to cover tea/coffee and biscuits.  Eric and Alfons are talking to us about Bamberg – Eric will be concentrating on its history.  After these introductory talks, everyone is invited to contribute their experiences of Bamberg so the evening will be very informal, but informative especially for anyone who does not yet know the city.
There will be more details in due course about our St. Nikolaus Evening on Friday December 5th, again at St. Mark’s Church Hall.  Please make sure the date is in your diairies!
Please let Margarete know if you are coming on 24.10.  [01234 764295]
Best wishes

Letter from Eric

Hello Everyone

I have heard from Ursula to advise that the group arrived safely back in Bamberg  without delay and have expressed their appreciation for the kindness shown by their hosts. I hope you all found the visit as enjoyable as I did. I am most grateful to all the hosts, committee and members who participated in the visit in some way.

Well surprisingly some flights are already available for next year, not least one with Ryanair from Stansted to Nuremberg and at reasonable times. This is a far better option than flying to Munich as we did last year, with a coach journey of less than an hour rather than three, also saving on cost. To avoid the complications that arose last year, I have decided that it would be best if everyone books their own flights.

So Jo and I  have booked our flights for Tuesday 8 September FR8117 [14.45 - 17.25] and Monday 14 September FR8116 [17.50 - 18.35] at a cost of under £100 each, including baggage. If you wish to join the group, please book this flight asap before the cost increases. If you need any help, please contact me.

For those new to this, I will give you some idea of the likely programme. Normally the day after arrival sees an invite to a reception at the historic Altes Rathaus and possibly a complimentary meal at the famous Schenkerla Brauerei if they are not facing the same cuts as us. Then we have two day trips with possible destinations being the historic wine-producing city of Würzberg and the picturesque Frankische Schweiz. There will be plenty of free time to see the world heritage city of Bamberg itself. Finally the hosts provide a Farewell Party at a farmyard in a nearby village with draft beer and meat off the bone together with salads etc provided by the hosts. We have a truly wonderful time.

Costs are kept to a minimum and I would expect to keep these to within £150 which will cover coach transfers at both ends plus the day trips including entrances, tips and gifts. Payment will be sought only a month before departure and any surplus will be returned.

If you have agreed to stay with friends old or new, all well and good, but please do not worry if not definite yet since host accommodation will be found. At this stage please let me know when you have booked or have alternative travel plans, also if you believe that you have likely hosts or need new hosts to be found. 

Finally I am grateful for the gift that the hosts sent but really there is no need as my reward is in a vibrant BBA.


5th July 2014

Hello everyone,
Our Summer Supper is on Saturday August 9th starting at 5pm
This is kindly being hosted by Mary & John Bromley at Lynton House, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6ER.  Please note there is no parking in the Lane but use the car park on the approach road to the Church at the bottom of Green Lane on the Left. 
There will be a barbeque, jacket potatoes, salads and delicious desserts – drinks are also included in the price which remains at £10.  Also no doubt some games and puzzles too! 
Please let Margarete know by MONDAY AUGUST 4TH if you would like to come – 01234 764295.  Email:
Edward is busy organising the programme for our visitors from Bamberg.  If you would like/are able to host anyone please speak to Edward. [01234 823205]
The provisional programme is as follows:  Visitors arrive on Tuesday September 9th at LHR, arriving in Bedford mid-afternoon.
Wednesday 10th: Morning free; Reception at the Mayor’s Parlour 2.15 [tbc].  Welcome Party for guests, hosts and all members at Edward’s house on a Bring & Share basis, 5pm.  Please let Margarete know whether you will bring savoury/dessert; drinks are provided.
Thursday 11th: Coach trip to Peterborough [leaving Aspects Car Part 09.45] to visit Cathedral and town centre, 13.00 depart for Burghley House, Stamford.  After the visit there will be free time in Stamford, expected arrival in Bedford 19.00. 
Friday 12th: Coach trip to Stratford-upon-Avon [leaving Aspects 09.45], visiting 3 houses of Shakespeare.  Arrival in Bedford approx. 18.30.
If members would like to travel with the group on the above two trips please let Edward know – the cost for each which includes travel and admissions is just £25pp.
Saturday 13th: Visit by train to London; visiting Westminster Abbey & Museum of London.
Sunday 14th: Day free with hosts; Farewell Dinner at Cranfield University Social Club, 5.30 for 6.00pm.  This is funded by BBA for hosts and guests.  All members welcome.
Monday 15th: Coach leaves for Heathrow 11.30am.

We have had a letter about accommodation in Bamberg, which may be of interest for anyone travelling independently.  On the internet information can be found on:  or for last-minute offers: www-ferienwohnung-bamberg-last-minute-de.  A telephone contact is: 0049 951 57764.  We will be including this link on our website.

Best wishes,

21st October 2013  

Hello everyone,
This Newsletter is to invite you to attend our next two events:  firstly a talk by Eric on The History of Germany. Please note  this will now be on
Friday NOVEMBER 8TH [we have changed the date by request] at 7.30pm in the Biffa Room, St. Mark’s.  This is above the Wren Room but there is a lift.  Refreshments will be served; the price is just £3.  Please do join us for an overview of this interesting subject.

We are holding our St. Nikolaus Evening/German Christmas celebration on Friday December 6th at St. Mark’s. The evening starts with Glühwein at 7.30pm, other drinks will of course be available too. A ‘Brotzeit’ supper will be served – to include cold meats, cheeses, bread followed by a selection of desserts/Stollen.  Quiz sheets will be provided and we are pleased to announce that the Concord Singers will round off our evening by singing for us – those of you who attended last year will remember them.
Tickets are again just £10.  Please contact Margarete – 01234 764295 or by email:

Margarete would like to hear from you for both evenings please.
I look forward to seeing you again soon,
Best wishes


September 2013

Dear Members                                                                            

          Once again a group of us have enjoyed a wonderful visit to our Twin Town of Bamberg. Despite the terrible weather that the 20 0f us suffered, unusually with rain everyday, we were fortunate that it stayed mainly dry while we were doing the walking tours out in the open. I am reminded every time I visit Bamberg and its environs how fortunate are the citizens of Bedford to have such a beautiful Twin Town.
          That said, the relationship is also built upon strong friendships that have and continue to develop. There was a warm welcome at the historic Altes Rathaus reception and the Council again treated us to a tasty meal with Rauchbier at the famous Schlenkerla Brauerai. To see some 50 people from Bamberg and Bedford all mingling and chatting happily at the Farewell Party with barbecue and drinks provided by the hosts brought great satisfaction.

          This need not be an expensive visit and for those who booked their place at the outset to achieve the cheapest flight cost, I am pleased to confirm now that the overall cost has come in at less than £250. What excellent value when you consider this includes the flights, transfers at both ends, two days out by coach with all entrances and tours, a walking tour of Bamberg, a 2 hour stop in Ingolstadt, tips as appropriate and gifts to the Buergermeister and Ursula as organizer. Those who booked later at a higher flight cost will not be required to pay an additional sum as feared and indeed I am please to advise that everyone who paid £300 will receive a refund of some sort. Only those who travelled there by road and met us there will not receive a refund as  it was easier beforehand to estimate the sum they needed to pay.  The modest cheques will be distributed by hand through the REC or at future events, to avoid ever increasing postage costs.

          It seems likely that a group from Bamberg will visit us in early September next year so we hope that as many as possible are willing to host, although no doubt many of you will be reciprocating those who have just hosted you.  Please keep your diary free.

          Finally I would like to remind you that our next event will be on Saturday 5 October 11am at the Marston Millennium Country Park. We plan a short walk followed by the opportunity to buy lunch, hot or cold, at the cafe there. This will give all of us the opportunity to chat about the visit to Bamberg.

Best wishes  Edward

1st April 2013                                                                                                   

Hello everyone,
I hope you are enjoying Easter despite the continuing cold weather. Although our Annual Dinner was later this year we didn’t escape the snow!
I would like to remind you that our Annual General Meeting is on Friday April 19th in the small room [next to the kitchen] at St. Mark’s Church Hall starting at 7.30pm.  Refreshments will be provided after the meeting.
Edward will take the opportunity to inform you of our programme for this year at the AGM but a few dates for your diaries: 
May 10th/11th – Spring Beer Festival with many beers from Bamberg and beyond. Edward will be able to provide more information at the AGM.
Saturday June 8th : Stammtisch evening at Cranfield Campus Social Club, 6.30 for 7pm.  More details to follow.
Saturday August 3rd:  Summer Supper at Mary & John Bromley’s House.
September 10th to 16th: Our visit to Bamberg.  There is still plenty of time to join our group so please contact Edward if you are interested : [01234 823205, or].
I look forward to seeing you at the AGM,

January 2013

We can now confirm that our Annual Dinner will be on Saturday March 23rd at Pavenham Golf Club.  Those of you who came last year will remember how good the meal and venue were.
We will meet from 6pm to start the meal at 7pm.  The price remains the same at £18.00.  Could you please send cheques payable to BBA and your menu choices to Margaret Nichols by the end of February.   [80 Cause End Road, Wootton MK43 9DF]

October 2012

Letter from Edward                                                                                          

Dear Members
Firstly can I remind you of our evening on Friday 9 November 7.30 pm at St Marks when Frank Batt will be giving a talk on his poetry and as this should be no more than an hour, following a coffee break, Tony Turley  with the help of Evelyn will entertain us with some music and perhaps test our musical knowledge. This should be an enjoyable evening.

Then our St Nikolaus evening is scheduled for Friday 7 December at St Marks from 7.30 pm, with all food and drink, including Glühwein to begin with followed by our usual hot German meal, all for the cost of £10 - excellent value as always. We are hopeful that Malcolm Chalmers can come along with some of his wonderful Concord Singers and treat us to a medley of German carols before the evening concludes, not to be missed. We will need to have an idea of numbers attending so please let Margarete know by e-mail [] or tel 01234-764295, but payment can be made on the evening.

I am grateful for everyone who was involved in making the visit to Bedford by the group from Bamberg such a great success, either as hosts or simply attending any of the events held during the visit. The feedback from Bamberg has been very positive. Incidentally a green scarf was left behind at the Welcome Party so please let me know if it is yours and I will bring it to the evening in November.

Additionally we need to begin planning for our visit to Bamberg next year so that when the flights become available, these can be booked without delay in order to achieve the best price. Those of you who have joined our Group in the past will know what a wonderful time we have and all at such a reasonable cost, but  newcomers will be very welcome. There is always such a warm greeting by our hosts, normally followed the next day by a civic reception at the famous Altes Rathaus and if Bamberg funds allow, a meal at a local hostelry. We are planning two days out, possibly a visit to Nuremburg where the Nazi rallies were held and now home to a new museum, then an afternoon tour of the historic old town, then on the second day perhaps a visit to the former monastery of Ebrach and a castle nearby, followed by a tour of the lovely surrounding countryside. There will be plenty of free time to explore our beautiful partner town of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The visit will conclude with a farewell dinner.

It is proposed to fly on the morning of Monday 9 September and return on the afternoon of Sunday 15 September, dates subject to availability of flights. We will pay for the flights, transfers and the two day excursions including entrance fees and tours. All of this should be within a cost of £300, perhaps less as achieved in 2011 but of course we cannot guarantee the cost. We need to to reserve the right to seek more, although on the other hand, any surplus will be repaid as was the case in 2011.  It will help to keep costs lower to book the flights as early as possible, once they become available, so I need to know if you would like to join the Group. Initially I am asking for a cheque for £150 per person payable to the Bedford Bamberg Association - these will not be banked until the flights are booked. Please also let me have necessary personal details to book the flights and advise if you have hosts already organised giving their names or require hosts to be arranged. I will collect cheques on 9 November and please bear in mind, once flights are booked, they will not be refundable, so insurance is advisable but that will be your decision. 

Unfortunately it is likely that the flight will be from Gatwick around 8am meaning an early start from Bedford around 4am, arriving in Bamberg around midday, as the alternative later flight would see us arriving in approaching midnight, far from ideal for meeting new hosts. I will take soundings as to what the Group would like to do once the flights are booked - one option could be to reduce the cost by say £50, leaving it for participants to make their own decisions how to travel to and from Gatwick, perhaps staying in a hotel the night before although this will still require a relatively early rise, or catching an early morning train.

Please respond to my e-mail [] or tel. 01234-823205, also if you have any queries.


September 2012

Hello everyone,

Firstly a BIG THANKYOU to Edward for all the hard work involved in organising a very successful visit for our Bamberg visitors.  Most of them were visiting Bedford for the first time, some England too, and they certainly left with good impressions of our hospitality and culture.  We are also very grateful to everyone involved in the visit – members of the Committee and hosts who ensured the Welcome Party was a great success; with special thanks to Edward & Jo for providing a superb venue, of course the hosts themselves for their hospitality and friendship, Edward for his leadership and organisation on the tours, also John Bromley for guiding us in Oxford.  Lastly thanks to Gerry for arranging the Farewell Supper at Cranfield and bringing suitable decorations for the tables and walls.
At the weekend Bedford hosted more visitors from Bamberg who were taking part in the Sportfest – involving competitions in tennis, rowing, canoeing ladies football, shooting, badminton, athletics and chess.  Despite some close results, Bedford won overall and now hold the cup. The next Sportfest will take place in Bamberg in 4 years.

Future events:  The talk on October 12th is now cancelled as Edward will be attending a Twinning Conference organised by the British German Association.
There will be a talk on Friday November 9th in the Wren Room, St. Mark’s Church Hall, 7.30pm.  The speaker will talk about ‘Poetry in Bedfordshire’.  Refreshments will be provided; cost £3.

Best wishes to you all,


May 2012

I’m pleased to provide details of our popular Stammtisch evening on Saturday June 9th.  We plan to meet at 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the Cranfield Campus Social Club, Cranfield University. 
The price is the same as last year, £15 which is for a 3-course meal, including wine/juice and tea/coffee afterwards.  Please see the menu below:


Bratwurst cooked in German beer
Meatballs in caper sauce
Breaded fried chicken



Please could you let Margaret Nichols – our Social Secretary – know by June 2nd if you would like to come.  Her number is: 01234 764295 or email: wishes

April 2012

Dear Members

Thank you to all those who were able to attend the Bamberg Day on Saturday and I was pleased to receive the positive comments from those attending. There were several attendees who expressed an interest in joining the Association and we welcome them. Hopefully they will find attendance of our future events just as convivial and enjoyable.

I gave a brief outline of our forthcoming events at the REC but here they are in more detail so put the dates in your diaries:

Saturday 12 May - It is the Bamberg Springfest at the Harpur Suite both Friday and Saturday, but as in recent years, Jo and I will be there from around 7pm so anyone wishing to join us will be welcome. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the Bamberg beers and hear a band from our twin town.

Sunday 20 May - We are planning a day out by train to the wonderful Royal Greenwich which over recent years has received a significant makeover and of course the Cutty Sark is now fully restored. This need not be an expensive day as a travel card [£20 or less for those with concession cards] will take care of all travel. We need to set off at a reasonable time to make the most of the day so I am proposing we meet to catch the 9.15am so get to the station well before if you are planning to buy your ticket[s] on the day. It is intended to take the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich, in itself an interesting journey. The programme there will depend on the weather but I would suggest having a gentle stroll around Greenwich Park which has superb views over London, perhaps en route visiting the Queens House with an impressive art collection [entrance free] and the Royal Observatory [entrance £7 or £5 for concessions] before heading back down the hill to the National Maritime Musuem [entrance also free]. We will stop for refreshments and if anyone wants a meal towards the end of the day, there is a Wetherspoons and restaurants there as well. It will probably be desirable if you decide individually when to make your own homeward journey rather than wait for the entire group to return, but of course anyone wishing to stay with us for when we return are welcome to do so.

Saturday 9 June - Stammtisch at Cranfield University Social Club probably 6.30pm for a 7pm meal. We enjoyed a 3 course meal with wine, followed by coffee,  at a cost of £15 last year and I believe all those attending were very happy with it, especially the substantial Bavarian choice of starters which I will ask for again. This should be a good evening and it is strongly recommended.  Menu choices will be provided shortly but please keep the date free.

Saturday 21 July 4.30pm - John and Mary Bromley have kindly offered to host the Summer Supper again at their lovely garden in Clapham and no doubt we shall have our brains exercised with the various quizzes that Mary is so good at setting.

Visitors from Bamberg - details are yet to be finalized but probable date for the visit is 11 to 17 September. We may be needing hosts which generally is a rewarding experience, but even if not hosting, all members are welcome to be involved in the welcome party and farewell dinner [venues yet to be arranged].

See you all soon. Please let Margarete Nichols know  URGENTLY if you would like to come on 20th May [01234 764295]  Email:


March 2012

Hello everyone,

This newsletter is to remind you about our Bamberg Day on Saturday April 28th at the Retirement Centre in Bedford.  Tickets are going well and are now available from the Centre [tel. 302203, ask to speak to Jacky] or perhaps you would let me know by email or phone [01525 862297].Click here to see poster

Also at our AGM Edward outlined the programme for this year – so several dates for your diaries!  In May there is the Bamberg Beer Springfest at the Harpur Suite on 11th & 12th May; Edward, Jo and others will be there from about 7pm on the Saturday evening.  The Band from Bamberg is really good and there is a great atmosphere.

On Sunday 20th May we will be going to Greenwich in London by train, with the possibility to visit the many interesting sights there; more details will follow.
Saturday 9th June:  our Stammtisch evening at the Cranfield Campus Social Club.
Saturday 21st July:  Summer Supper, hosted by Mary & John Bromley.
September 11th-17th [to be confirmed] visitors from Bamberg here.
Friday October 12th and November 9th – talks, topics to be confirmed, at St. Mark’s Church.
Friday December 7th: St. Nikolaus Evening, at St. Mark’s.

As our Annual Dinner was postponed this year due to the bad weather, we propose to hold it later in February next year, and we may have a walk & pub lunch in January.
We have heard from the British German Association about the following events:  On April 26th Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW is giving a talk at the BMW Offices, Westminster, 18.00 for 18.30.  On May 11th at 7.30pm a Spring Music, Wine & Conversation Evening with music by Richard Strauss and the young Schoenberg, Christuskirche, Knightsbridge.  On June 18th Parliamentary Day, a lunch at 13.00 in the House of Lords  with Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander MP , Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.  If you would like any more details about these events please let either myself or Margarete know [764295, or email:].
Finally a reminder please that subscriptions are now due for the year, £10 couple and £6 single; cheques payable to Bedford Bamberg Association to Evelyn Turley, 13 Falcon Avenue, Bedford MK41 7DS.
I look forward to seeing you at these events,
Best wishes

February 2012

Dear Members

I would at this stage like to mention two future dates for the diary:

Wednesday 14 March 7.30pm     AGM at the Retirement Education Centre
A detailed programme for the year will be outlined and this is your opportunity to make suggestions for future events. Membership subscriptions are collected during the evening which will end with coffee and cake as usual.

Saturday 28 April 10.00am  Bamberg Day at the Retirement Education Centre
Illustrated presentations will be given in the morning with a coffee break around 11.30am, then around 1.30pm there will be a hot German lunch with a glass of German wine/fruit juice followed by a choice of desserts and coffee with stollen. The event will end with a talk on the Association itself as we are hoping to attract some new members. Attendance will be open to non-members from the beginning of March so if you wish to attend, let Evelyn know as soon as possible. The cost is yet to be finalised but it will be no more than £10.

            This year is the Bamberg Garden Show from 26 April to 7 October. Jo and I are planning to go for a few days in early October. If anyone wishes to go at the same time, they will be welcome to join us but they will need to make their own flight and accommodation arrangements as this is not going to be an official visit. Please let me know if you are interested.
            Finally I am in contact with Bamberg about their visit later in the year. Early September is the likely date, probably from the 11th. While numbers are yet to be finalised, we shall be seeking hosts so please keep the date free if you are able.



December 2011

Dear Members

I hope those who were able to attend the St Nikolaus Abend on Friday evening enjoyed themselves. I was pleased by the number of people that were able to attend and how well the evening went.

The next event will be the Annual Dinner to be held at Pavenham Park Golf Course on 4 February 2012. I visited the venue for the first time today and am confident that it will meet our requirements. The price will be the same as last year. The entry is well signposted on the village High Street - turn at the Lodge and follow the drive to the car park. Please complete the attachment [below] if you wish to attend, ticking your menu choices and send to Evelyn with your cheque. If you wish to bring any guests, they will be most welcome.

A detailed programme will be outlined at our AGM to be held at the Retirement Education Centre on Wednesday 14 March 2012 from 7.30pm, to be followed by tea or coffee plus cakes. We are hoping to hold a Bamberg Day there on Saturday 28 April 2012 to include presentations on our twin town and a hot German-style lunch so please leave the day free if you would like to attend.

Finally I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.



7th April 2011

Hello everyone,

It has been some time since the last Newsletter and many of you were at the AGM so are aware of the programme we have planned for 2011. We are starting with Eric’s talk on the History of the BBA on Friday 8th April at 7.30pm at St. Mark’s.
Then at the Corn Exchange in Bedford there is the Beer Festival with wines and beers from Bamberg, food and music. This is Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May.
On Friday May 20th we have a Bring & Share supper at St.Mark’s Church Hall, starting 7.30pm.  More details in due course.
On Saturday June 18th we hope to visit Cranfield Airfield and Control Tower, followed by a Stammtisch dinner at the Campus Social Club.
On Sunday July 24th there will be a walk followed by a pub lunch.
On Saturday August 20th, early evening John & Mary Bromley are hosting our Summer Supper.
From 5th to 11th September 20 of us are visiting Bamberg.
Friday October 7th – a talk by Steve Colman on Beds. Wartime Defences
Friday November 4th –a talk – subject and speaker to be arranged.
Friday December 2ndSt. Nikolaus evening at St. Mark’s.
This is a very interesting programme which I hope you will support and enjoy.

Best wishes

6th July 2010

Hello everyone,
This newsletter is to provide details of our popular Summer Supper.
This will take place at Mary & John Bromley’s house again this year on
Saturday 31st July, starting at 5pm. Their address is: Lynton House,
Green Lane, Clapham, MK41 6ER. As before we may not park outside
their house, but on the approach road to the Church at the bottom of
Green Lane. Please be careful not to leave anything valuable in your
car however, just in case.
We will be having a barbeque, tasty food and drink and Mary has
organised several games to keep us amused – and puzzled no doubt!
Tickets are £10.
Please let Evelyn know [01234 401354] at least a week before if you are
coming, so that the Committee can organise the catering.
I look forward to seeing you there,
Best wishes

6th May 2010

Hello everyone,
A detailed newsletter this time with lots of information for you, so please do take time to read it and note the details, especially dates for letting Evelyn know if you are coming!
Firstly subscriptions are now overdue - £10 couple, £6 single [to Evelyn please, cheque payable to BBA].
Beer Festival at Harpur Suite, Corn Exchange.  Thursday 13th May – Saturday 15th May.  The BBA will be having an information stand there and we plan to meet at 7pm on Saturday to try the Bamberg beers and to hear the Band.  There have been good adverts for this in the local papers.
Spring Walk: Sunday 23rd May at 11am.  We are meeting at The Crown pub in Northill to choose our lunch, then we will travel together in cars to Old Warden Church where we have a guided tour and short walk before returning to the pub for lunch. A 2-course lunch costs £11.95.  If you take the Sandy road out of Bedford, turn Right to Moggerhanger and Northill is signposted.
Please can you let Evelyn know by Sunday 16th May if you can come.
Stammtisch: Friday June 25th at 7.30pm. This is at the Cranfield Campus Social Club.  A buffet style German meal will be served with German wines, in a private room.  The cost is £15.  Please let Evelyn know if you can come by Saturday June 12th and include full payment.  I have copies of maps Gerry has kindly provided if anyone needs directions.
Bletchley Park visit: Thursday July 8th 10.15 for 10.45 tour. Coffee/tea is served on arrival and after the first tour a sandwich buffet lunch.  We have a talk by an evacuee followed by another tour.  The visit ends with tea and mini muffins/brownies and costs £18.  We will travel in our own cars, so please let us know if you require transport. Please let Evelyn know and include full payment to reserve a place by Friday June 18th. [Evelyn is on holiday after that date until just before the visit.]
Summer Supper:  Saturday July 31st at John & Mary Bromley’s house in Clapham.
Visitors from Bamberg:  September 1st – 7th.  Our Farewell supper will be on September 6th.
Talk on Strauss family:  Friday October 1st by Tony Turley. At St. Marks’ Church Hall.
These are the events the Committee has organised so far and we do hope you will support them. 
Evelyn’s contact details:  Mrs. Evelyn Turley, 13 Falcon Avenue, Bedford MK41 7DS
Telephone:  01234 401354

25th March 2010

Hello everyone,

Since our AGM earlier this month we have now finalised some additional events for your diaries:

Friday April 30th:        Bring & Share Supper.  St. Mark’s Church Hall.  7.30pm  [£5]

Thursday 13th – Sat. 15th May:  Beer Festival at Corn Exchange [we will be organising attendance by the BBA there in due course]

Sunday May 23rd:       A Spring Walk, organised by Alfons.  A short walk followed by lunch.

Friday June 25th:  Stammtisch evening with a German meal, 7.30pm at Cranfield Social Club.  More details to follow in due course.

Thursday July 8th:     A trip to Bletchley Park, 10.15 for 10.45. On arrival coffee is served followed by an introductory talk and the first half of the tour.  After a sandwich buffet lunch we hear a talk ‘A World War Two Evacuee’s Story’ before going to the B Block Museum, which tells the whole story of Bletchley Park. Tea/coffee is served in the afternoon before we leave.  Cost: £18         We will travel there in our own cars.

Saturday July 31st:  Summer supper at John & Mary Bromley’s house

4th February 2010

Hello everyone,

We have organised the following and hope you will join us:

Wednesday 3rd March: 
BBA AGM at 7.30pm. 
Retirement Education Centre, 6 Rothsay Gardens, Bedford.  Refreshments provided afterwards.

Friday 26th March: 
Talk on ‘The History of Bedford.’
The Wren Room, St. Mark’s Church, 7.30pm  Charge:  £4 including refreshments.

Friday April 30th: 
Bring & Share Supper. 
St. Mark’s Church Hall, at 7 for 7.30pm.  Charge £5.  Please provide a plate of savoury or sweet food [ enough for no more than 2 people] and tell Evelyn what you are bringing.  [01324 401354].

3rd August 2009

Hello everyone,

I realise many of you will now know that Eric’s wife Doreen has passed away after a long illness.  Her funeral is next Monday August 10th at the Crematorium at 12.15.  I know we are all thinking of Eric and his family at this sad time.

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that our Summer supper is on Saturday – August 8th – at Lynton House, Green Lane, Clapham.  No need to bring anything – everything is being provided by the Committee or Mary & John but please do let Evelyn know NOW if you would like to come!  Her telephone no. is: 401354.  The supper starts at 4.30pm to make maximum use of the daylight – and hopefully the sunshine!


9th July 2009

Hello everyone,

We’ve had two very successful events recently; the Stammtisch evening and yesterday a visit to Knebworth House.  This newsletter is to tell you about our next event – the popular Summer supper.

This is on Saturday August 8th in John & Mary Bromley’s garden starting at 4.30pm.  Anyone who went to last year’s supper will remember it was a really good evening.  There will be a barbeque, food and drink and games to keep you entertained!  Tickets are £10 each and there will also be a raffle.

John & Mary’s address is:  Lynton House, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6ER.
Could you please drop passengers at the house if necessary and then park at the bottom of the lane, so as not to cause any obstruction. 

Please advise Evelyn [401354] if you would like to come by Monday 3rd August to facilitate catering.

I look forward to seeing you there,

27th April 2009

Hello everyone,

It’s been some time since the last Newsletter but the Committee has been busy planning the programme for this year and I hope you agree that it is a good one!

Firstly on Sunday May 10th there is a walk round Priory Marina – for an hour or so, followed by lunch in the Beefeater.  We meet at 10.45 in the car park. The walk will be led by Tony & Evelyn.

On Wednesday June 10th we are having our Stammtisch evening at the Retirement Centre, Rothsay Gardens.  We will meet at 7pm to have dinner at 7.30pm – the 2 course meal will be German recipes!  Wine and soft drinks will be provided.  Eric will be giving us a short talk on Dresden after the meal.  Most probably the cost will be £15.

On Wednesday July 8th we are visiting Knebworth House and gardens – meeting at 11.30am, for a guided tour of the house at 12 noon for an hour.  Lunch can be bought in the restaurant, café or Garden Terrace Tearoom – or a picnic enjoyed outside if the weather is good – and the gardens are well worth visiting too.  Tickets are £8.50 and we will make our own travel arrangements as Knebworth is situated just off Junction 7 of the A1.

On Saturday August 8th we have our Summer supper. Mary & John Bromley have kindly offered to host it again in their lovely garden.

September is our visit to Bamberg and in early October June & Keith will be giving their talk ‘The Crop Circle Mystery.’  In November Richard Wildman will be talking to us about the history of Bedford  and on Friday December 4th we have our St. Nikolaus party.

On a sad note – Cathal O’Dwyer died in early March at St. John’s Hospice.  Cathal had been a long-standing member of BBA and a donation has been sent to the Hospice in his memory. 

Please do put these dates in your diaries and let Evelyn know if you would like to come to the Stammtisch evening – a deposit of £10 pp would be required please.
We would also like names as soon as possible for the visit to Knebworth – please feel free to invite friends too.

Also many of you paid subscriptions for 2009 at our AGM but Evelyn would like to receive your money as soon as possible please.  Cheques payable to Bedford Bamberg Association [£10 couple, £6 single] to Mrs. E. Turley, 13 Falcon Avenue, Bedford  MK41 7DS.  Thank you.

23rd January 2009

Hello everyone,

Many of you will remember that we have a talk on ‘Crop Circles’ to be given by Keith & June in February – please note that the date is in fact Friday February 6th at 7.30pm at St. Mark’s Church [and not February 20th as previously said].  Refreshments will be served and I do hope you will join us.

Secondly we are having our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday March 4th at 7.30pm at the Retirement Centre, Rothsay Road.  The Minutes of last year’s AGM and the Agenda for this meeting will be available on the night.
Tea/coffee and a selection of cakes will be served. 

Eric’s wife Doreen continues to make progress, albeit slowly, in Bedford Hospital. 

23rd November 2008

Hello everyone,

It was good to see so many of you at our Discover Bamberg evening recently. You may know that 6 of us are going out to Bamberg to help sell Xmas produce from Bedford during the first 2 weeks of December – this has been organised by the Council and also involves students from Bedford College who will be making mince pies when the Christmas market opens – next weekend in fact.

BBA has a Christmas tree at the St. Paul’s Church Christmas Festival this year – from 3 – 7th December; admission is £2.50.  Our tree will be called ‘The Twinning Tree’ and we hope it will generate interest in our organisation.  Please do go along and see it.

All those people going on the trip to Thursford on Dec. 8th are sure to have a great day out – departing from Pemberley Ave/Park Ave in Bedford at 9.30am.

I have emailed to let you know how to access the BBA website ‘blog’ – please do make use of this facility and let us know if you have any problems/suggestions.

Our programme for 2009 is taking shape – firstly the Bring & Share supper on Friday Jan. 9th at 7pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall.  Please could you tell Evelyn when you book your tickets [£5] whether you are bringing something savoury or sweet – which should be enough for 2 people. [01234 401354] There will be a raffle and the chance to view the video of the 30th anniversary celebrations in Bamberg.

In February Keith & June will be giving an illustrated talk on ‘Crop Circles’, March will be our AGM, we hope to organise another ‘Stammtisch’ and in the summer a walk round Priory Marina followed by a meal.  There may be a day trip in May/June to Rockingham Castle, Oakham and Rutland water.  Later in the year – September or October we hope to have a talk on British War graves or the History of Bedford. If you have any other suggestions – please do contact a Committee member.  We will be holding our traditional ‘St. Nikolaus’ Xmas party in early December too.

Eric is currently in contact with Sally Schneider in Bamberg to organise a possible trip there or from people in Bamberg over to Bedford next year.
Once there is anything definite, we will of course inform you all.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year – or ‘ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute zum Neujahr!’

4th September 2008

Hello everyone,

Lots of information in this newsletter so please be sure to note these dates in your diaries – including for 2009!

Firstly thank you to Mary & John for an excellent supper in August.  We escaped the rain and had a most enjoyable evening in their lovely garden.

We now have 23 people for our Thursford Xmas Spectacular on Monday Dec. 8th at 2pm.  This means there are still 12 places available.  If you are coming please send the money for the ticket [£25.50 per person] made payable to BBA by 6th October LATEST to Evelyn Turley [13 Falcon Ave. Bedford MK41 7DS] A coach is booked; this will cost £14.50 pp [payment to be made on the day please]. It will certainly be a great day out!

On Friday 7th November we are having a “Discover Bamberg” evening at St. Mark’s Church Hall [Wren Room] at 7.30pm.  DVDs of Bamberg will be shown especially the 30th Anniversary of Twinning celebrations last year and one of a concert held in Bamberg involving musicians and choirs from Bedford.  Coffee and biscuits will be served and a small charge of £4 made.

The BBA will be decorating a Christmas Tree in St. Paul’s Church as part of the Christmas Tree Festival, which raises funds for the Church and Bedford Hospital Charity.  The theme is “The Three Wise Men and their gifts” and our tree needs to be decorated by Monday 1st December.  Artistic volunteers needed please – let a Committee member know if you would like to help.

On Saturday 9th January at 7.30pm we are having a “Bring & Share” supper at St. Andrew’s Church Hall.  Tickets will be £5.

Finally the BBA is going online – please visit our new website on:
The Gallery section with lots of lovely photos is very impressive.  Please do use the site – there is the opportunity for members to exchange information too and links to other sites.  This newsletter will also be available shortly. We hope you like it – and welcome your comments!

14th July 2008                                                                                              

Hello everyone,

With summer in mind now – let’s hope we do actually get some summer weather too – a reminder of our Summer supper on Saturday August 16th.  This event is always popular and this year Mary & John Bromley have kindly offered to host it in their garden.  Their address is: Lynton House, Green Lane, Clapham [this is the same turning as for Woodlands  Manor Hotel]. We will meet at 4.30 and please bring a folding chair; everything else will be provided – supper, drinks and entertainment!
The price is £10 per person – names please to June in good time.*

Another date we have booked is Friday September 5th at St. Mark’s Church Hall [small room] when Alfons will be giving us an illustrated talk on the development of the German nation.  We meet at 7.30pm and tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided, so a small charge only will be made.

Can I remind you too that we have 35 tickets for the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford on Monday December 8th at 2pm.  Tickets are £25.50 each and we will be organising coach travel there and back in due course.  Please inform June if you would like to come.*

Finally – if any of you have any ideas for future evening events – perhaps you are or know of an entertaining speaker – please let a Committee member know; we’d welcome your suggestions!

*Call Rosemary if you do not have June's telephone number [see below]



  1. To Open Meeting:  Edward welcomed all members attending.
  2. Apologies:  Lynne Faulkner, Jo Keech, Mike & Pam Kenworthy, Robert Davies, Chris & Lucie Knight, Tony & Evelyn Turley, Terry Bush
  3. Minutes of Last AGM 2014:  Approved.
  4. Secretary’s Report: As our AGM had been held later in the year, the first social event was our Stammtisch in July at Cranfield.

As usual the Summer Supper hosted by Mary & John Bromley was a great success; we are very grateful to them for their hospitality.
In September we welcomed visitors from Bamberg, many of whom were visiting Bedford for the first time.  After a Reception at the Town Hall and some free time Edward & Jo hosted a Welcome Party for our guests, hosts and members.  Day trips were made to Peterborough and Burghley House, Stratford-upon-Avon and London.  After a free day we met for our Farewell Party at Cranfield; our visitors left the following day. Once again it had been very successful and enjoyable.
Later in October Eric led a talk on Bamberg; as usual in early December we had our St. Nikolaus evening.

  1. Chairman’s Report:  Eric told the meeting about the contribution Joyce Richards had made to twinning for many years; she had been one of our founder members and had organised trips for the Drum & Trumpet Band in Kempston to visit Bamberg.  Older members had treasured memories of her.

Elvira will also be leaving us to live with her family in Italy.  She had managed to escape to the UK on one of the last trains out of Germany and supported the BBA for numerous years.
Edward asked members to spread the word about the BBA as we are always seeking new members, also for the Committee.
In January Committee members had attended a meeting with Great Barford Twinning Group, to forge links with them.  A joint meeting in October in Great Barford is planned to exchange information; all welcome to attend.
Edward had written an article on the Spring Beerfest for the April/May Ouse Valley Living, also highlighting BBA activities.
On Saturday May 16th we will be holding our Annual Dinner, excellent value at £20 per head.
Saturday June 20th  - Stammtisch at Cranfield, £15.
Saturday July 25th - Summer Supper at Mary & John’s.  £10.
Tuesday September 8th – depart to Bamberg, flying to Nürnberg.  About 20 people are going; there will be 2 full-day excursions.  More money will be due in June.
Friday October 16th – Social evening hosted by Great Barford.
Friday November 6th – Talk, possibly given by Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.
Friday December 4th – St. Nikolaus evening.

  1. Treasurer’s Report:  The Accounts for 2014 were presented; these had been audited.  Our current balance was: £3012.72

Currently we had 55 listed members and subscriptions were now due.
An associate membership of £30 is due to be paid to British German Association.
Graham has accepted the role of liaising between Bedford and Bamberg.  We had been asked if a group from Bamberg could attend a Folk Dancing Festival in Thurleigh; however not enough notice had been given. 
For the 100th Annivesary of WW1 truce there was to be a Church service in Kempston and Bamberg student teachers would be involved.
Schools exchanges are being discussed by the Borough Council and there was hope that these would improve this year.  Brigitte Riegelbauer had enquired about English courses being offered by Bedford schools for 3 weeks [the cost was in excess of £3000 which includes accommodation, outings etc].
The Sports Festival is due to take place September 2016 in Bamberg.  Graham was in touch with the Chair of the Sports Council Committee and it was agreed this should be supported and continued.
It was also noted that elections take place in May for the Bedford Mayor.

  1. Election of Officers: Positions of Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Honorary President, Social Secretary approved.  Eric to continue as Auditor.  Both Mary Bromley and Robin Farman offered to join Committee.
  2. A.O.B. Eddy Fleischmann was currently visiting with a group from Bamberg.

Eric proposed a vote of thanks to the Committee for their hard work. Edward closed the meeting.



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Chairman : Edward Keech. Honorary President: Eric Kelk. Contact: Rosemary Adams Tel: 01525 862 297

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